Doug Ford 'won't be shy' to use notwithstanding clause again, and he's getting support for that - 2018-09-12
Premier Doug Ford's government will for the first time in Ontario's history use the notwithstanding clause of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to override a court ruling, and his supporters will be cheering him on today.
Among many grassroots conservatives, there has long been a current of anger about "activist judges" whom they believe are overstepping their roles by shaping laws and policies through their decisions.
Ford tapped into that sentiment Monday with his criticism of Justice Edward Belobaba's ruling that found the government's move to slash the size of Toronto city council during the campaign for next month's election violated the Constitution. Ford called the decision unacceptable and said, "I was elected. He was appointed."